Alerts and Events: Birds
These postings are provided to help publicize and provide examples of the efforts of affiliated groups and individuals related to industrial wind energy development. Most of the notices posted here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch.
Information, Wildlife •
What can our readers do to support bird-smart wind energy solutions? First, understand that although climate change is real and must be addressed, we should not be rushing to deploy solutions that damage our continent’s ecologically and economically important birds and bats and their habitats. Beyond their inherent value, these animals perform critical ecological services – such as pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal – that are worth billions of dollars to national economies and enhance the quality of all our lives . . .
Dear National Wind Watch, I have lived on Monhegan island in Maine for 30 years. Monhegan Island is a small island (1 mi × 3/4 mi) that is located 13 miles off of the coast of Maine, USA, and is a stop-off for many species of birds traveling the Eastern/Atlantic Migratory Flyway route north in the spring and south in the fall along the Eastern coast. In many cases the island is the first piece of land that birds see . . .
Source: Tom Wasilewski
Download MP4 file (321 MB). This video (sent by Tammy of Somerset County, Md.) was taken at the January 15th public meeting for the “Great Bay Wind Energy Center”, a 150-megawatt industrial wind turbine project proposed for Somerset County on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay (Delmarva Peninsula). The developer is Pioneer Green Energy [PGE] of Austin, Texas, which claims to have more than 3,000 megawatts of wind power under development in 16 states. The video shows a U.S. Fish . . .
Action alerts, Comments, U.S., Wildlife •
Source: Save the Eagles International
Dear all, The US Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to send in their comments regarding its revised draft Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. The deadline for sending your comments is August 4, 2011. This concerns people from anywhere in the world, as these guidelines may inspire other countries and be used as justification for killing protected species. Please submit comments via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 4th. The Revised Draft Guidelines may be downloaded here: http://www.fws.gov/windenergy/docs/WEG_July_12_%202011.pdf More information . . .
To: The Maine Land Use Regulatory Commission We, the undersigned, in order to: – Protect wildlife habitats, especially for threatened species Peregrine Falcons and Little Brown Bats, in Hancock County, Maine. – Preserve the scenic beauty of Downeast Maine and the Donnell Pond area for the enjoyment of present and future visitors. REQUEST that you deny the Permit Application for Blue Sky East/First Wind to construct and operate 19 476′ tall, 1.8MW industrial wind turbines on approx. 100 acres of . . .
Please read the following release and respond to the Environmental Bill of Rights (Ontario). Send comments to the Ministry of Natural Resources stating your concerns before June 15. To read the entire EBR Posting, go here. Send comments and concerns to: email@example.com You may also review the Draft ESA 2007 for more information. Thank you for your attention to this important environmental issue. Picton, ON/May 12, 2011 – The Ministry of Natural Resources (ON) has posted an application under the . . .
[Note: Although Wind Watch finds the premise to be largely unsubstantiated that wind power has any benefit beyond tax avoidance for its investors, the need to protect birds and their environments remains crucial.] Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wind power can be an important energy source for the United States, but it is just as important that it meet high standards to protect birds and other wildlife. Wind farms kill birds – including eagles, songbirds, and endangered species – through collisions . . .